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Aircraft Modeling / Kits History : Lindberg's Caravelle
« on: December 10, 2018, 08:51:52 AM »
Hello all :-salut

At the end of the 1950s (maybe 1959) and available in France in 1960, Lindberg issued their first big kit of a French airplane : "Her Majesty Caravelle" originally Sncase SE-210 Caravelle". The kit is in 1/96 scale and it's a very complete but complex kit, relatively difficult to build. It's to be noted that the Heller's kit in 1/100 scale was available for Christmas 1957.
The drawing of the box of Lindberg's is due to Ray Gaedke and is one of, if not the best picture of the entire Lindberg range of airplane kits.

(To see one kit built :  )

Some time later the same kit was issued under American colors and named SNCASE SE 210 Caravelle "Jet Mainliner" of the United Airlines. I never saw this box in France and I found it in the USA... :

Two boxes for a a "little" Caravelle were also issued by Lindberg in 1/178 scale, the first one being present in the 1958 catalog is of the "Cellovision" type under ref.: 454:49 (49 = $ .49). Artwork is by Ray Gaedke.

The second box (Ref.: 411-60) which is in the 1964 catalog has another artwork due to Tom Morgan (T.A.M.) and represents Paris by night seen from the altitude :

The notice is the same as the one printed directely on the back of the "Cellovision" box :

Jicéhem :-wave

hello mates :-salut

As written elsewhere, here is the very first "Corsair" that I built. It was in 1958 and the kit is from "The Lindberg Line".
But before Lindberg was O'Lin.
Vought F4U-5N Corsair
1)The kit by O'Lin :
The box is smaller then the following ones. It measures 267x102x25,4 mm (10½x4x1 in)
We see one of the first artworks by Ray Gaedke :

As usual at the time Paul Lindberg continues to use the O'Lin mark while copyrighting his own kits under the Lindberg brand... as we can see the Copyright's mark on the building notice juste above the name of the kit. Parts are molded of metallis blue polystyrene. Decals are of the sliding type with glue on the back of each item.

2) The kit by The Lindberg Line :
The box is bigger ; it measures 337x127x32 mm (13¼x5x1¼ in). The artwork is the same as by O'Lin.
There are only minor modification compared to the O'Lin kit.

On the notice, we see that the kit has been produced in England...

Jicéhem :-wave

Hello mates :-salut

We are in 1948 ans new kits appeared being issued by O'Lin, a brand founded by Paul W. Lindberg and Mr Olsen in 1930. Those kits are molded of polystyrene in place of Varney's and Hawk's kits molded of Tenite, sort of acetate.
Here is the sixth model numbered No. 505 in the new range of genuine models by O'Lin, the North American F-86A Sabre :
The box is printed in two colors and is, as for the former models, of the "one piece" type. Building notice is printed on the back of the box. The pecularity of this kit is the red part for the air intake ring ; when O'Lin becomes Lindberg, the nose ring will be the same color as other parts...

There are two clear parts for the windshield and the canopy. A stand is also provided. Decals are of the sliding type but have to permanently attached with white glue or clear varnish.

This kit is also issued under the brand name of "The Lindberg Line" in 1950 and later until the 1970s, a version of which includes an electric motor permitting reproduction of the sound of the turbojet... 

Jicéhem :-wave

Hi mates :-salut

Here is the second kit that I found and that was produce under the brand name of O'Lin : the Republic RC-3 Seabea. This little flying boat which appeared in 1946 has been studied to be used in Canada because of the numerous lakes in that land...
The kit made by O'Lin in 1/48 scale appeared between 1948 and 1950. It is molded entirely in white polystyrene and the windows, the limits of which are embossed are to be painted Silver or Sky Blue. The airscrew has to be cemented...
This bos is a second issue, being in two colors. Decals are of the sliding type.

The notice is made of a leaflet inside the box and presents also others models.

In 1982 this kit was re-issued by Glencoe in clear plastic so that it's possible to obtain clear windows but interior must be scratch-built.

Jicéhem :-wave

Hello mates, :-salut

I found some time ago, kits of the O'Lin brand that became in 1950 "the Lindberg Line".
Since 1930, O'Lin (contraction of the two names Olsen and Lindberg) was producing wood plane kits. In 1947, O'Lin issued four civil planes in 1/48 scale and entirely made of polystyrene but those kits were not their creation. In 1948, the first of their own models is issued ; this was the :
Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star, No. 500, in 1/48 scale.
Here you are the second edition of the kit with blue and red colored box (The first one was only in dark blue color).
Although the pilot is foreseen to be included in the kit, and iti is a pecularity of this kit, he is often absent ; I had luck to find a complete box.

The edges of the box (We shall notice the note "An educational construction kit ":

Decals, rather badly printed, are not still sticky; it is necessary to fix them with varnish:

The parts :

This model will be periodically proposed, unchanged. Last edition in 1991 with some improvements.

Jicéhem :-wave


Hello mates,

Here is the very first model kit that I ever buil. I was aged 14...
That's the "Spirit of St Louis" in "quarter inch" scale by Lindberg.
The kit that is here is not a genuine Lindberg's one but a re-editon by Glencoe. That was in 1990. Since this year I found a Lindberg's one but it is in my "Kit Museum".
The artwork by Ray gaedke is perhaps the most beautiful of the Lindberg range.

There are only  33 parts, incuding 2 for the stand, the decal sheet and building notice...

Aircraft Modeling / SNCASE SE 210 Caravelle, maquette Linberg au 1/96
« on: December 05, 2018, 09:55:03 AM »
Hello mates, :-salut

I present you a kit that I built in 1961 or 1962, the SNCASE SE 210 Caravelle, the most famous French airliner. It is in 1/96 scale. Surface detail is very good and there are movable ailerons, landing flaps, rudder and elevons. At the end of the fuselage we find the ladder permitting to board the plane. Landing gear is retractable too with its complex landing gear covers.
But the pecularity of this kit is the clear left half-fuselage to permitt seeing the interior. There is also a transparent half pod to see the turbojet engine inside.
The artwork, one of the most beautiful by Ray Gaedke (with that of the Spirit of St Louis) :

I remember a complex kit to build... as when I was aged 16 than when I was 45 in 1989. Immatriculation is one of a De Havilland Comet I...
As I found that the clear half-fuselage had too large a surface, I decided to partly paint it, so that we have only "windows" to see inside :

Details of the assembly on the notice :

The most difficult task : the assembly of the fuselage :

A bad printed photo of the original model :

Some close-up photos :

Jet engine

On the ground :

Retracted landing gear. We see also the bitoniau for the landing flaps.

Jicéhem :-wave

Aircraft Modeling / Lockheed F-94C Starfire, Revell, 1/55, 1953
« on: December 04, 2018, 06:49:16 PM »
Hello mates, :-salut

This kit was originally edited in 1953 and I present you a re-edition of the year 1987 without any change or improvement. Markings are embossed on the surface of the kit.
Tha artwork on the box :

The interior of the cockpit is made of only one part comprising pilots, seat, instrument panel, etc. An excellent exercise of painting !
Some pictures of the finished kit painted with Rub n'Buff.
I had to improve air intakes.

Jicéhem :-wave

Aircraft Modeling / Northrop SM-62A Snark, Lindberg, 1/48.
« on: December 04, 2018, 05:18:50 PM »
Hello mates :-salut

My most recent build of a Lindberg kit : the Northrop SM-62 Snark in 1/48 scale.

In 1946, the USA lauched the study of intercontinental missiles for two reasons : firstly, they considered that heavy bombers will be soon obsolete because of the progress in defensive armament and, secondly this type of missile should be reality thanks to the improvement of turbo-jet engines.
Northrop was almost the only one firm to respond the demand...
Althoug being a pilotless machine, the missile is registered in the bomber category being designated "Northrop B-62". That has been also the case for B-61 to B-65, B-67, B-68, B-72, B-75, B-76 to B-78, B-80, B-83 and B-87, originally bombers, becoming missiles as TM-61 Matador, SM-62 Snark, GAM-63 Rascal, SM-64 Navaho, SM-65 Atlas (rocket), GAM-67 Crossbow, SM-68 Titan (rocket), GAM-72 Quail, SM-75 Thor (rocket), TM-76 Mace, GAM-77 Hound Dog (then AGM-28), SM-78 Jupiter (rocket), SM-80 Minuteman (rocket), GAM-83 Bullpup (air to air nuclear missile) et GAM-87 Skybolt.
First models of the Snark (a word made of contraction of Snake and Shark and imagined by Lewis Carrol) were designated Northrop N-25 that were a little sorter than the definitive Snark with a lenght of 15,90 m (49.21 ft) and a wingspan of 12,80 m (39.37 ft). First launches took place in April, 1951. N-25 were propulsed by an Allison J33 turbojet and take-off is assisted by two Aerojet General boosters developpeing a total 21 t (46,300 lb) of thrust.
(Apart from notification all photos via Sentry Books)

A special machine for the booster trials :

The first launch of the definitive model (N-69A, now with a length of 20,42 m (67 ft)) took place on 6 August, 1953 (another date is : 3 June, 1954)
Snark was a semi-tailless airplane and horizontal tailplane was replaced by "spoilers" on the uppersurfaces of the main wing.

The new XSM-62 Snark is powered by a  J71 turbojet and take-off is assisted by two Aerojet General of 47 t (about 103,000 lb)
A total of 66 XSM-62A and 51 operationnal SM-62A have been produced.
To avoid the destruction of experimental machines, early test vehicles were fitted with retractable skids for recovery following evaluation flights. Those XSM-62 were painted red with white stripes.

Photo USAF Museum

Operationnal pre-series Snaks :

Standard operationnal Snarks have an elongated fusemage by 21 cm (about 8.3 inch) because of the atomic load W-139-Y. Turbojets is now the Pratt & Whitney J-57 de 5,5 t (12,125 lb) of thrust permitting the Snark to attain Mach 0,93 at an altitude of 20 000 m (65,600 ft) and at a weight of 30 t (66,150 lb). Jato is composed of two « boosters » of totaol thrust of 65 t (143,300 lb). Two extra fuel tanks under the wings allowed the Snark to fly on a distance of 8 850 km (5,500 mls). For an identical range, the Snark cost only 1/5 of the price of a Boeing B-52... Snark are deactivated in the year 1961, replaced by the Convair SM-65D Atlas intercontinental missile.

During their operationnal career Snarks were painted satin medium grey (FS 26440) and their markings have variations.
The one that I present you is the Lindberg kit in 1/48 scale. I don't know the exact year of its first edition. The kit is the reproduction of an XSM-62A and I had to modify it to obtain an SM-62A by suppressing the tail parachute-brake and by improving the tailplane of the extra fuel tanks. Markings are made of parts of decals and apart from the stars, they are little oversized.

In the box, a crawler tractor is supplied, but it is not advisable for the operationnal Snarks. A Kaiser Jeep M34 tractor is needed that I got in the object of a fire truck from Solido, in 1/50, that I completely unsettled, repainted and modified:

Jicéhem :-wave

Aircraft Modeling / McDonnell F-88 Voodoo, Lindberg, 1/48, 1955
« on: December 04, 2018, 03:33:54 PM »
Hello mates :-salut

A Lindberg kit of a very few-known airplane, the McDonnell F-88 Voodoo.
Studied as as an escort-fighter, the F-88 was cancelled abandonned the USAF abandonned the escort-fighter... But the formula will be retained later for the second plane named Voodoo, the F-101.
This kit is already to be seen in the 1955 catalog of Lindberg. Its assembly is near perfect ans surface detail is excellent. Cockpit includes a beautiful pilot in anti-G and high altitude suit abd a beautiful ejection seat.
The kit was built almost oob with actual decals which are of high quality. I suppressed only the anemometric nose boom replaced by a more classic pitot tube under the nose :
The first box with artwork by Ray Gaedke representing the first prototype without post-combustion but with six 20 mm guns :

I represented the second prototype s/n 46-526 :

Jicéhem :-wave


Aircraft Modeling / Lockheed XF-104 Starfighter, Lindberg, 1/48
« on: December 04, 2018, 03:14:04 PM »
Hello mates, :-salut

Here is the Lindberg's F-104 Starfighter named "Nato Fighter" in the 1960s.
The box that I got when I was a teenager with the artwork by Ray Gaedke. :

In the year 2000 I got a "motorized" version of the kit ibcluding an eletric motor reproducing the jet sound. Originally the kit had an ejection seat which operated downwards as on the real plane.
This box is dated 1965 :

As the kit represents no standard F-104G Starfighter but being near of a prototype I decided to convert it into one of the two XF-104 Starfighter. The task was to modify the air intakes of the jet engine and to move forward the nose undercarriage :

Aircraft Modeling / Lockheed F-94C, Maquette Lindberg au 1/55
« on: December 04, 2018, 02:50:56 PM »
Hello mates :-salut

Although being included in the "quarter inch" series, this kit is actually in 1/55 scale...
I built this kit (my second one) in Decemner, 1990. I built already one in the years 1957-1958.
It's a very simple kit even without wheel wells !
The artwork by Ray Gaedke :

The notice in French language from a time when Lindberg kits were also produced in France by "les Jouets rationnels"  :

I improved the air intakes and omitted the rockets containers of the leading edge wings.

Jicéhem :-wave

Aircraft Modeling / Douglas XA4D-1 Skyhawk, Maquette Lindberg, 1/48
« on: December 04, 2018, 11:40:07 AM »
Hello mates,

Another vintage kit from Lindberg built in April, 1996 : Douglas XF4D-1 Skyhawk.
This kit appeared in 1954 or 1955.
The artwork by Ray Gaedke :

In some respects this kit is not accurate, such as the shape of the delta-wing (but the rendering is not bad) and particularly the nose undercarriage leg that I changed against a more accurate one :

Jicéhem :-wave

Aircraft Modeling / Douglas X-3 Stiletto, Lindberg, 1955, 1/48
« on: December 04, 2018, 10:54:01 AM »
Hi mates :-salut

I built one when I was a teenager and a second one in March, 1996. This is this latter one that I present you.
This is a very basic kit made of only 27 parts... and the kit, although containing a twin turbo-jet, is of the type which we look through.
But, for the time, pilot and seat are beautiffully reproduced.
This the reason why I completed it inside :
1) Scheme to improve fuselage interior :

2)Other details :

The artwork by Ray Gaedke : wings are blue because this artwork has been made from a photograph of the X-3 on which sky reflected in the moror-like wings...

The kit :

Jicéhem :-wave

Aircraft Modeling / Convair XFY-1 Pogo, Lindberg, 1/48
« on: December 04, 2018, 10:19:50 AM »
Hi mates, :-salut

Another vintage kit, one of my oldest built (before 1979).
Contrary to what has been written by some "experts", this kit is well in 1/48 scale. It must be said that Aurora's one in the "quarter inch" series is in fact in 1/53 scale !

Jicéhem :-wave

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